Who's in Charge Here?

Early in 1981, Under Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, a veteran diplomat who had served every President since Eisenhower, commented that the Reagan Administration had the look of a coalition government. He meant an ideological coalition, and it has turned out to be an uneasy one at best, particularly where arms control is concerned.

The State Department, characteristically, is the stronghold of what might be called pragmatic traditionalists and Atlanticists, men like Eagleburger and Assistant Secretary for Europe Richard Burt, a former think-tank strategist and New York Times reporter. They believe that it...

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